Noahide Nations is thankful for the opportunity, with the permission of his wife Anita Jones, to honor Vendyl Jones who passed away in 2010 at the age of 80, with the Vendyl Jones Scholarship Fund. This scholarship fund uses donations to finance students who are not able to afford these ground-breaking courses on the Noahide Laws taught by Yeshiva Pirchei Shoshanim.
Help make Vendyl's dream become a reality for more Noahides by donating to this scholarship fund and enabling more students to learn from the proper sources, by qualified Rabbis. These teachings are essential for all of the non-Jewish world to know, and your help could make all of the difference! As it's said; "To the world you might be one person, but to one person you just might be the world".
Vendyl Jones is known most famously today as the father of the modern Noahide movement and for his archaeological search for the Ark of the Convenent. The Noahide movement and Noahides that exist today owe a debt of gratitude for the man who wasn't afraid to ask the necessary questions, awakened Rabbis to revisit the long-unstudied Noahide laws, and paved a path for future Noahides to follow.
Vendyl Jones was originally a Baptist Minister, but his life journey would take him down very different roads.
In the 1950s, while serving as pastor in a Baptist church, he began to seek out the Jewish sources and references of the Christian gospels, realizing that many apparently anti-Jewish statements therein were "omitted in more ancient manuscripts." He began to study with rabbis and so strong was his will to learn that he even sat with elementary students in a basic Hebrew class to learn the language of the Tanach.
He eventually became a Noahide, believing in the Judaic teaching that non-Jews must follow the seven specific Noahide laws [such as belief in one G-d and no murdering or stealing], while Jews must abide by the laws of the Torah. He established the Judaic-Christian Research Foundation, from which developed the Institute of Judaic-Christian Research (IJCR), which is now the Vendyl Jones Research Institute.
During his search for the Ark of the Covenant, Vendyl discovered the original anointing oil and 900 pounds of the Ketoret (the 11-ingredient incense used in the Holy Temple) that were hidden away before the destruction of the first Temple.
All along the way, Vendyl was involved with teaching about the Noahide way of life to anyone who would listen. He organized his own conferences where rabbis would come to talk to Noahides; he himself was a great teacher and had a weekly Torah study; and he was an honored speaker at both of the Noahide Nations World Conferences, receiving the first Noah Award at the 2008 Conference –an award given for a lifetime of achievement.
Vendyl always sought, for 30+ years, to have the rabbis search out and the study the Noahide Laws and to teach them properly to the world. Finally, today, his dream has been realized. Yeshiva Pirchei Shoshanim has undertaken the mitzvot, with multiple Poskim (judges) from Israel and the United States, to search through the main sources and rediscover the halachah pertaining to the non-Jewish world. If Vendyl were alive today, he himself would be taking these classes.
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